Sonny I remember you saying at the end of last season you had Selby ahead of Robbo, would you still say that
Robbo is the man of the moment. I guess I must be looking through biased spectacles but it has seemed for some time now that Robbo manages to avoid the names that Selby doesn't in the draws but Robbo beats whoever is in front of him on a more consistent basis. Same with Carter. I would like the three of them to have more big time matches at the thick end of tournaments because that's the real place you get to see who is the best of the three and what the order is.
Robbo is currently riding the wave, but would Selby be riding the wave if draws had worked out differently for him so instead of coming up against Higgins, then O'Sullivan etc in early rounds. these people were taking each other out in another part of the draw?
I can't take anything away from Robbo. 6 out of 6 in ranking event finals - you can't do any better can you? Tournament wins under the belt especially the World Championships breeds confidence. If Higgins had folded when Selby got back to 13-11 in 2007 instead of waking up and powering to the line and if O'Sullivan hadn't got a 147 at 8-8 in the UK semi then who knows what wave Selby would be riding on now? Because he can beat all the other players, your Dings, your Maguires, your Murphys. and when you're coming up against big players in early rounds who are playing well and you lose, you don't rack up the points to climb the seedings and you end up facing another top player in an early round in the next event. At least the rolling rankings will help him out because he will gain points and places at the 2nd season seeding refresh and a win at the UK could see him challenge Robbo and at the very least, leave him away from the big players in early rounds.
Selby has pedigree and so does Robbo and hopefully the pair of them will have a few showdowns over the next few seasons, and hopefully Selby can get a World Title under his belt to get the monkey off his back and then we'll see how good he really can be. We've seen this week what winning a World title has done for Robbo. And on current form, I would fancy Robbo to beat Selby but I would like to find out instead of hypothesising about it.
Ramble over. Bed time. Good night everyone